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Martinez signs school grading system legislation

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By The Staff

Los Alamos School Superintendent Eugene Schmidt finds Gov. Susana Martinez’s latest education legislation to be “intriguing.”
On Tuesday, Martinez signed Senate Bill 427 into law, creating an A-F school grading system for New Mexico’s schools.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Vernon Asbill (R-Carlsbad) and Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Texico) received bipartisan support throughout the legislative process.
“I had the opportunity to speak with Senator Asbill during the legislative session. In addition, several school board members and members of my administrative team met with Secretary of Education Skandera to discuss this bill while session was ongoing,” Schmidt said.
“I came away impressed with the concept. I foresee a rubric scale easier to understand than the current federal AYP status that assesses schools as either meeting or not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress.The federal rubric has become meaningless in the eyes of the public.  Thus, this new idea will help people focus on what is going right or wrong in a school.”
Martinez signed the bill and was joined at the ceremony by  Asbill, Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera, Moriarty-Edgewood School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch, and other state and local officials at Route 66 Elementary School in Edgewood.